Queen Anne Stakes 2020 Racing Preview
The Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes usually marks the start of Royal Ascot but it will be the second race on the card this year. This race has been won by some star performers over the years including the likes of Frankel, Canford Cliffs, and Ribchester to name a few. However, for the last two renewals, it has thrown up some big priced winners with Accidental Agent and Lord Glitters. Take a read of Christopher Loader’s thoughts below…
Queen Anne Stakes 2020 Favourites
For 2020 it seems all the bookmakers have made King Of Change their favourite for Richard Hannon. He finished second in the 2000 Guineas behind Magna Grecia and the son of Farrh then sustained a setback before returning to action in September when landing the Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown. Consequently, he went on to reach further heights and won the Group 1 QEII Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot. The reports coming from the yard have been very positive and on his form, with possible further development to come, he has to be the right favourite.
Next in the Royal Ascot betting tips is the 2019 St James Palace winner Circus Maximus for Aidan O’Brien. It remains uncertain about what horses Ballydoyle will bring to the Queen Anne Stakes due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions. If the son of Galileo was to line up he would be a lively player and connections definitely found the right trip for him as originally they thought he should have campaigned over longer distances. My only concern would be the straight mile course as he normally likes to be prominent and that style of running doesn’t always suit at Ascot.
The Godolphin trained Benbatl has always been talented for Saeed Bin Suroor but he is a hard horse to catch right after being a disappointing favourite for the Queen Anne in 2018 and most recently in the QEII Stakes on Champions Day. The six-year-old was last seen on finishing third in the Saudi Cup at Riyadh. It is hard to be confident about his chances with his poor recent Royal Ascot record.
Godolphin’s other runner that could potentially line up is Barney Roy who now races with Charlie Appleby. The son of Excelebration might be targeted for the Prince of Wales Stakes but this yet to be confirmed. He has been in excellent form at Meydan in Dubai and will have to be respected wherever he runs in the Queen Anne Stakes.
The surprise package of the race could be the lightly raced Mohaather for Marcus Tregoning. The son of Showcasing is a dual Group 3 winner and performed valiantly to finish in fifth place in the QEII Stakes at Ascot. He is still very unexposed and could easily win a race of this nature for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Elsewhere Sangarius, Fox Chairman, and Duke of Hazzard all progressed very nicely last season and deserve to take their chance in this company should they be declared. Furthermore, the usual names of Accidental Agent, Lord Glitters and Sharjah Bridge all hold no secrets and are likely to run their race, putting them in good stead with the Royal Ascot free bets.
When it comes to my verdict for the Queen Anne Stakes, King of Change has to be my number one contender. On paper, he has the most scope to improve further and could be the horse that dominates this division throughout the season. However, I will also nominate Mohaather who is currently a great each-way price. Despite his injuries in between races, he has continued to progress and might yet reach further heights. Overall this race is an extremely open affair and many cases can be made for plenty of horses but I am confident my selections will be major contenders, whether that action is live or amidst the Ascot live streaming.